Aylwin are a band from California that has had music reviewed before in this zine and plays an atmospheric and cascadian form of post black metal and this is a review of their 2021 album "The Arch Holder" which will be released on cassette January 31st by Pacific Threnodies.
Water sounds start off the album which are also utilized for a couple of minutes before going into a heavier direction. The only track that is present on this recording is also over 30 minutes in length while the faster sections of the music also bring in a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats which also gives the song more of a raw feeling.
Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams while the riffs also bring in a decent amount of melodies. At times the music also gets very atmospheric sounding along with the song also adding in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts as well as all of the musical instruments also sounding very powerful.
When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are also done in a very melodic cascadian style along with the vocals also adapting a more deeper yet angrier style in some parts of the track as well as the clean playing also bringing in elements of post rock when 9it is utilized. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover nature and atavism themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Aylwin and if you are a fan of atmospheric and cascadian post black metal, you should check out this cassette. 8 out of 10.